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RBS turnaround leader takes top role at Dentons

Lisa SewellA key player in shrinking Royal Bank of Scotland’s balance sheet and leading its ‘simplification’ programme has joined law firm Dentons as managing director for its UK and Middle East region.

Lisa Sewell has more than 20 years’ experience in driving business performance and change in multinational organisations and replaces Brandon Ransley, who retired this year.

She spent 10 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland where she played a pivotal role in its turnaround and deleveraging £258 billion of balance sheet assets over five years.

She was also chief operating officer of the capital resolution business responsible for the divestment of businesses no longer core to the strategic vision of the organisation. 

More recently, she set up the bank’s simplification agenda as head of bankwide simplification, before moving into her most recent role as director of shared operations leading a global team of 7,500 across the UK, India and Poland. 

Prior to working with RBS, Lisa was head of strategic analysis at Lehman Mortgage Capital, and drove the operational integration of Energis and Cable & Wireless. She began her career with the management consultancy group, PA Consulting. 

Ms Sewell said: “The UK & Middle East region of Dentons has come a very long way in a short period of time.

“Over the past three years we have opened offices in Watford and Jeddah, launched our Warsaw shared services centre, merged with Maclay Murray and Spens and hired over 30 new partners into the business, all while playing a part in driving and integrating the huge global growth Dentons has experienced in the process of becoming the world’s largest law firm with over 9,000 lawyers in 70 countries.

“I am looking forward to bringing all of this together so that we can become more efficient and integrated as a business, and more responsive to clients’ demands.”

UK & Middle East CEO Jeremy Cohen, said: “Lisa is a highly experienced and impressive executive with a strong history of managing and delivering change, and I am delighted to welcome her to the firm.

“She brings to the table professional management skills, experience of simplifying businesses and making them more efficient – including digitisation and the smarter use of technology, a highly inclusive approach to building rapport with a diverse set of stakeholders, and a proven track record of developing and delivering on pragmatic and commercial strategies.

“I am looking forward to working closely with Lisa, as well as Madeleine Smallwood who has recently been appointed chair of the UK & Middle East board.”


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